Stylish performer, 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible

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The convertible is said to be a documented, matching-numbers Firebird 400

The coolness of Pontiac Firebird came as a shock to the senses for young car geeks as it debuted for the 1967 model year.   Because, hey, where was the front bumper? How cool was it that Firebird just had a chrome beak jutting forward, fashioned in Pontiac’s signature split-grille styling?

Even in that time of innovation, experimentation and snorting horsepower, Firebird stood apart as, along with Chevy Camaro, it chased after the sweeping success of Ford Mustang.

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The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible powered by a numbers-matching 400cid V8, 400 automatic transmission and original heavy-duty rear, according to the Rockville, Maryland, dealer advertising the Pontiac on ClassicCars.com.

This is an authentic example of the performance Firebird, and “loaded with PHS (Pontiac Historical Society) docs,” the dealer says.

The Firebird is finished in its correct shade of Verdoro Green with a white convertible top and Parchment sport interior, with bucket seats, full console, woodgrain trim and original 3-spoke Firebird steering wheel, the dealer says.

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The performance potential is punctuated by a 160-mph speedometer among the full set of gauges.   The 6.6-liter engine was factory pegged at 335 horsepower, although contemporary road testers estimated that was an underrated figure for its actual output.

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Also onboard is power steering and brakes, “great-sounding dual exhaust,” AM/FM/tape audio system and working air conditioner.   The Firebird is fitted with correct PDM Wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires.

The engine compartment has been detailed to car-show readiness, the seller says, and the entire Firebird looks exceptionally clean in the photos with the ad.

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Like the Camaro, the first-generation Firebird lasted just three model years before a complete makeover, and they are prized among Pontiac collectors, especially the 400 convertible models, which also include the upgraded Ram Air versions.

The asking price for this favorite muscle/pony car is $49,990.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

 

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Back in the early 70s, I was a 10 kid who used to run around his uncle. He was a teacher. He had to teacher friends who drove Firebirds. One was a gold 68, 350, like the one in the article, and the other was a Verduro green 69, 400. I remember because they boldly displayed the engine size on the hood. I used to ride in both of them quite a bit. I really liked the 69 better because it was extremely fast. It was a four-speed. Years later, at my uncles funeral, the gentleman (Chuck) who had the 69 was there. I had since bought a 70 GTO for the 455. We began to Catch up and talk about cars. I asked him if his Firebird was a Ram Air IV and he said yes! He said he special ordered it. I said, I knew it, because I remember the car being so fast. He got a big smile on his face, and said, I wish I still had it…

  2. I owned a Canary yellow with black vinyl top 69 Firebird 400 with 400 trans. Loved that car, forget the 160 speedo stock you could get to about 125 on a long straight stretch, with a few mods I got mine to 147 according to California highway patrol. I would love to have this vert but out of my price range.
    God bless America

  3. This car is a well equipped rare find with a working A/C, 400 V8, full power and AM/FM Stereo with Tape player. Probably cost about $4400 when new.

  4. I had this exact same car on 1968. Only difference is that mine didn’t have a/c and I lived in hot climate so I sold it. Wish I had it back. All time favorite car.

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